The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal, as stated by the United Nations, who have set the date of March 20th as a day to recognise happiness as a pillar for global wellbeing. Happiness doesn’t mean success, non-stop smiling or external glory, but a deep sense of contentment that comes from inside. Dani DiPirro, blogger and author of Every Day Matters 2016 Diary and The Positively Present Guide to Life, believes that cultivating gratitude is the first step to living a contented and positive life. It doesn’t cost any money and can bring a sense of fulfillment that will help you to be thankful for what you have, rather than focusing on what you don’t have. Here Dani shares her favourite quotes to inspire happiness:
1. It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis.
― Margaret Bonanno
2. When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
― Helen Keller
3. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
― Mahatma Gandhi
4. And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’
― Kurt Vonnegut
5. I would always rather be happy than dignified.
― Charlotte Brontë
6. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
― Anne Frank
7. With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
― Oscar Wilde
8. Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?
― Audrey Niffenegger
9. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
― Elizabeth Gilbert
10. Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.
― Ayn Rand
About the Author: Dani DiPirro is founder of PositivelyPresent.com, designed to help others live positively – it now attracts more than 90,000 page views per month. Her work has been featured on sites such as The Happiness Project, Psychology Today and Forbes.
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